Sam Thompson is known for his theatrics off inbound passes, slamming home countless alley-oops following a foul or timeout during his Ohio State career. In Wednesday night’s win at Penn State, the high-flyer scored off another inbound pass, this time as a defender. Really. The Buckeyes were in a full-court press, and Thompson, guarding the inbounder, got his hand on the pass, deflecting it into the air above the basket. Next thing you know, the ball deflects off the backboard and through the net – almost like it was planned. Ever see something like this before, Big Ten fans? So,
We have seen some monster dunks this season in the Big Ten. That prompted Tom Dienhart to ask Big Ten beat writers for their top dunker.
Sam Thompson's signature play is in the inbound alley-oop. He showed it again in Saturday's game win over Morehead State.
Now a senior and a bigger part of the Ohio State offense, Sam Thompson figures to provide even more jaw-dropping highlights in his final season. Let’s be honest, few Big Ten players are more athletic than Thompson, few can rival his voluminous dunk reel, and few will be featured more on the national highlight shows. Thompson reminded us all of his leaping ability in Ohio State’s victory over Marquette on Tuesday night, when he soared for an alley-oop from Shannon Scott. The guy jumps so effortlessly, he almost makes plays like this look way too easy.
It’s well past the point in which a Sam Thompson highlight should surprise any Big Ten fan. Still, his highlights are just as exciting as ever. For the second consecutive day, the Ohio State high-flyer elevated for a ridiculous alley-oop at the Big Ten tourney. This time, on Friday vs. Nebraska, Thompson went for an And-1 alley-oop. Watch the highlight in this post. INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: Every game, @OhioStateHoops' Sam Thompson is good for a highlight alley-oop. WATCH – http://t.co/kgbStFi6yG — Ohio State on BTN (@BTN_Ohio_State) March 14, 2014 Here’s his alley-oop from Thursday’s Big Ten tourney win: INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: We've
The way the play started off, you just knew it was going to result in a Sam Thompson highlight. One thing’s for sure: Thompson didn’t disappoint with his fastbreak flush early in the second half of Ohio State’s 69-67 victory over No. 22 Michigan State. Watch Thompson soar for the highlight-reel two-handed flush in this post. [ MORE: Watch all of Sam Thompson’s top highlights ] ICYMI: Sam Thompson had a ridiculous fastbreak dunk in today's @OhioStateHoops win. WATCH – http://t.co/kgbiowxOk9 — Ohio State on BTN (@BTN_Ohio_State) March 10, 2014
Sam Thompson has wowed Big Ten hoops fans over the years with his outstanding array of highlight-reel dunks. But Thompson added a new highlight play to his resume on Thursday night. [ MORE: Sam Thompson wows once… twice… thrice in comeback ] Late in the first half, Penn State guard Tim Frazier drove in for a layup, but Thompson leaped up and blocked his shot with authority, sending it all the way to the Nittany Lion logo at center court. We have seen some outstanding blocks in Big Ten play this season, but this has to top the list. We
It was all Sam Thompson and No. 24 Ohio State in the second half of Saturday night’s win over Minnesota. Down 10 at halftime, the Buckeyes erupted for 46 points in the second half to run away with a 64-46 home win. How good was Thompson? He scored 16 of his 19 points, including six that came on highlight-reel dunks. Watch all three flushes in this post. [ MORE: Video: Ohio State, Craft make young leukemia survivor’s day ] VIDEO: Sam Thompson once. Sam Thompson twice. Sam Thompson thrice. Check out these @OhioStateHoops dunks. WATCH – http://t.co/aB6VAD2IV1 — Ohio State
If it’s Friday, it’s time for my survey. This week, I asked Big Ten media members who is the best dunker in the conference. A guy from Ohio State was a popular choice. [ MORE: Review and Preview: Badgers, Huskers riding streaks ] Ben Jones, StateCollege.com: Branden Dawson had some pretty impressive dunks prior to injury. With that in mind, I’ll go with D.J. Newbill who doesn’t have many but all of them have been impressive. His two dunks against Wisconsin on the road last year (here & here) are as good as you’ll see not in transition. Brian Neubert,
This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014,” we learn how and why Ohio State’s Shannon Scott and Sam Thompson traded places in the starting lineup and sparked the Buckeyes. Also, see why Chris Collins’ most important recruiting win at Northwestern so far was keeping senior Drew Crawford in Evanston. We also explore the special family connection between Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine and his brother Drew. The show, which also has game highlights from Michigan State-Wisconsin and Michigan-Ohio State, airs at 5 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go. [ MORE: Enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Trip to the Tourney Sweepstakes